I didn't actually want to do any more dyeing before I'm leaving on the Japanese Textile Study Tour, but I had some leftover purple carrot dye that I did not want to waste. I had pieces of cotton and linen and some pearl cotton threads to dye last week. I'm glad I didn't throw the dye out because there was a lot of colour left in the dye liquid to use. Purple and blue is not easy to find in natural dye except for indigo. Indigo is beyond me at the moment. I will keep it to do during the tour. I know there are two indigo vats ready for us to use in Japan. I have a pile of fabric and some stitched shibori to take with me to dye there.
Pearl cotton threads mordanted with alum. The top two skeins dyed with purple carrots and the bottom skein with eucalyptus with little of purple carrot juice. You can see a tint of purple on it.
This is the cotton/linen being unwrapped. I do love the look of the unwrapped bundles, but most of the time I'm so excited to see the results I forget to take photo of them. In this bundle I used mixed leaves of eucalyptus, oaks and roses wrapped over metal rod.
It was only left standing for a couple of days so the result wasn't all that great. I must learn to be more patient and to leave it longer before I unwrap it.
The end part with string marks on it. It will go nicely in a boro project I guess.
Last picture of the "trip around the world" blocks before I pack them away. Twelve blocks here, but I have got 17 blocks in total. Almost half way now. I need a greater variety of fabric to make the rest. I will bring some back from Japan for the rest of the blocks. It's looking good so far, yeah, I'm happy with them!
Thanks everyone for visiting. I have to apologies if I haven't been regular at leaving you comment lately. Life and time is running away with me. I do hope you are well and ready for the new spring or autumn if you live in the southern hemisphere.